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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Germany 4-1 England


The Line-Ups:


Germany: 1-Manuel Neuer; 16-Philipp Lahm, 3-Arne Friedrich, 17-Per Mertesacker, 20-Jerome Boateng, 13-Thomas Mueller, 6-Sami Khedira, 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger, 10-Lukas Podolski, 8-Mesut Ozil, 11-Miroslav Klose

England: 1-David James; 2-Glen Johnson, 15-Matthew Upson, 6-John Terry, 3-Ashley Cole; 16-James Milner, 4-Steven Gerrard, 8-Frank Lampard, 14-Gareth Barry; 19-Jermain Defoe, 10-Wayne Rooney.


It is history on the dance floor at the expense of vuvuzelas in Bloemfontein that will see Jorge Larrionda to be the referee of this epic battle between Germany and England.

From the 31 times these nations met England came on top with 15 wins versus the 10 wins from Germany and in between they have 6 draws. Germany lately has been taking advantage of the draws because then they win throughout penalty-kicks. Will this be a revenge on the 1966 World Cup’s final ghost goal? Or will England make this happen and keep up the pace when they have been regarded as hot tip to win the competition alongside Brazil, Spain or Netherlands and Argentina?

Will England perform a 5-1 victory like they did not long ago in Berlin against fellow Germans?

Last 6 matches played between this teams sees them winning one losing another and if football was made of stats then Germany would win because they have lost the last match they played against England 1-2.

David James makes the first top save of the match after a breakthrough pass from the Germany midfield to find Ozil on the run and everyone was thinking that could have been the first goal just after 4 minutes.

It is interesting to see that Germany is playing on the counter-attack. They defend ten men into their last third and then break-down into a quick 4-3-3 at the expense of pacy Podolski and Schweinsteiger that search for Klose in the end of the attack.

Counter-attack working on the highest level. 19 minutes and after a goal-kick taken by Neuer to find Klose to finish and put Germany ahead even though England was dominating the whole match.

Heading into the 32 minutes and it is 2-0 for Germany and we have been talking about this. Podolski on the end of the play strikes comfortably to the back of the net and what to say now? Germany is having the game of their lives and teaching how stats don’t often prevail in a match especially in competitions like the World Cup.

England scores and it is 2-1. Upson who made a mess in the first goal of Germany, goes towards attack and heads it into the net bringing the game to a more lively atmosphere.

The ghost of 1966 goes and hunts England, but this time the decision was against them when Lampard strikes and the ball goes in by far like 1 meter and the referee does not give the goal. Definitely refereeing in this World Cup have been the worse so far ever seen in any top competition.

Excuse us FIFA. But it is not supposed to be a linesman and referee? Guess if 4 eyes cannot see what millions see. Then we got a problem haven’t we?

Lack of width on the England approach has been fatal so far against a well organized Germany that have created the most chances in this match. Mental strength will surely define the outcome of this match.

Into the 52 minutes and what a free-kick by Lampard hitting the bar as Neuer would not get that for sure.

Game over for England. On the counter attack again Germany scores through Muller in a awful defending by England. 3-1 for Germany.

Muller scores the 4-1 and there’s no way back for England.

Germany will wait for the outcome of Argentina-Mexico to see who will play who in the Quarter Finals.

In spite of the terrible decision by the referee while the match was 2-1 in favor of Germany this game looked always much more headed to Germany’s winning result rather than England. Big headlines expected in media tomorrow after the best match played so far in this World Cup.


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